As a rabbi, I want my community members to know Muslims personally, to have ties deep enough to resist the lies, scapegoating and manipulation Trump will use in the aftermath of a major attack.
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City since 1992, has led CBST to become a powerful voice for equality and justice for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. Rabbi Kleinbaum has worked for peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians for over 30 years.
A minority of U.S. Jews, with big money and big names, have abandoned Jewish values to curry favor with the incoming administration. They are not legitimate spokespeople for American Jewry.
It’s a messy, loud, contentious Democratic convention, where Bernie supporters’ sad and infuriating intensity is evident. But I feel a real unity between the two campaigns is emerging.
The Hostile Protest That Shut Down Debate at the LGBTQ Conference Helped No One in Israel or Palestine
I oppose Israel’s military occupation of Palestine. But the anti-Israel protest I witnessed in Chicago was about shutting down debate, and about attacking us as Jews.